Buffalo and Erie County are bursting with colorful neighborhoods, each offering its own unique niche. Whether you’re interested in a small-town feel that’s rich in history or an up-and-coming, hot-spot sprinkled with art galleries and live music, we’ve got it. A laid-back beachy scene, or a culture-heavy shopping experience? Those are here too! Our flourishing neighborhoods, distinct in their traits, are ready for you. Get out and explore.
Here are a few ideas to get you started: The Elmwood Village was named one of the country’s top neighborhoods by the American Planning Association and is home to some of the city’s favorite shops. Can’t Miss: Talking Leaves, Buffalo’s beloved independent bookstore. The Allentown neighborhood is the funky and fun bohemian part of town filled with bars, restaurants and galleries. Can’t Miss: The Old Pink, one of the greatest dive bars you’ll ever step into. The bucolic Parkside neighborhood in North Buffalo is home to tree-lined streets filled with beautiful turn-of-the-century Victorian homes and the Buffalo Zoo in nearby Delaware Park. Can’t Miss: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House, one of the great masterworks of American architecture, open year-round for tours. In the Five Points neighborhood you’ll find a diverse range of small businesses, restaurants and artisans. Can’t Miss: The to-die-for truffles at Blue Table Chocolates. The corner of Michigan and Broadway is the heart of Buffalo’s African-American history and heritage. Can’t miss: The Colored Musician’s Club. Upstairs, for the live music. Downstairs, for a hip history lesson on the meaning of jazz. The Old First Ward is one of Buffalo’s oldest neighborhoods and has become one of Buffalo’s hippest places to be with new breweries, distilleries, a climbing gym and kayak rentals. Can’t Miss: Gene McCarthy’s, the quintessential Buffalo corner tavern and a stop on the Buffalo Wing Trail. East Aurora is home to a classic American Main Street that’s perfect for walking and gawking at the many shops and boutiques. Can’t Miss: the National Historic Landmark Roycroft Inn and Campus — birthplace of the American Arts & Crafts Movement. Head to the rolling hills south of Buffalo to the lovely little village of Springville. Can’t Miss: the legendary Springville Auction & Flea Market every Wednesday year-round.
If you want to experience Buffalo like a local, these neighborhoods are a great place to start!